Signing between Davidson-Davie Community College and Lees-McRae

Davidson-Davie partners with Lees-McRae to offer seamless transfer, scholarship opportunities

Lees-McRae will provide Davidson-Davie Community College students a way to advance their education through the establishment of a new Guaranteed Admissions Program. The agreement was formalized in a signing ceremony that included both colleges’ presidents on Friday.

Davidson-Davie Community College has campuses in both Thomasville and Mocksville, North Carolina. 

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Lees-McRae College,” said Darrin Hartness, Davidson-Davie president. “Knowing that we can offer our students another path to an affordable, four-year education, through guaranteed admission to a school with so many program opportunities, is very important to us.”

Called a comprehensive articulation agreement, the partnership between Davidson-Davie and Lees-McRae includes guaranteed admission for those who earn their associate degrees at Davidson-Davie. Students who transfer also will receive merit scholarships that discount tuition by up to 60 percent. Other discounts are available for those who choose online programs.

“We are excited to partner with Davidson-Davie Community College,” said Kevin Phillips, vice president for enrollment management at Lees-McRae. “Lees-McRae offers several academic programs that line up well for Davidson-Davie students. One example of this is our Wildlife Biology program, which will be a great option for their students who complete an associate’s degree in Zoo and Aquarium Science. Our location will also be attractive, as we are only about two hours away from the Davidson-Davie campus. Students who wish to move on to a main campus program will have that option, but we also offer five online degree completion options that will work very well for Davidson-Davie students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at their convenience in a timely fashion at a cost that will rival any state college or university.”     

Among the many program options available after transferring to Lees-McRae are nursing, business administration, sports management, psychology, nutrition science, EMS and management, biology, pre-veterinary science, and elementary and special education.

To learn more about Lees-McRae and the transfer process, please contact Transfer Admission Counselor Casey Courtney at 828.898.3434 or

Written in collaboration with Jenny Varner, vice president for external affairs at Davidson-Davie Community College. 

By Emily WebbApril 15, 2021